6th grade, Making English "passports" (Lesson 6, but reviews material from all lessons)

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Name of Teacher: Todd Armitstead
Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary School 6th Grade
Textbook and specific lesson: Lesson 6, but reviews material from all lessons
Goal: Get ES students to review and use the English they learn, but in a fun way. Writing and reading and listening.
Preparation: Not too much, but you need card stock, proper use of archaic printing machines.
Class time: Ongoing

So I’ve wanted to do something with ES students where they actually have something that shows them the things they’ve learned throughout the year. Something that they can look at before entering JHS and say, “Ok, I know this much at least…”. A few years ago I had the students make ‘passports’ on the final lesson as a way to integrate all the things they ‘learned’. While it was a fun project for students, it was way too much to work into one lesson, so I’ve revamped it to be much more comprehensive.

Preparation: First, I use A4 cardstock, because it is more durable for students to use bring to class each time. On the outside is printed a cover from what an actual Japanese passport looks like. On the inside is a box for students to draw a picture of their head, and 15 part-sentences that correspond to phrases they learn in the book but never actually see in writing. The part sentences are in a format so students can trace the main part and then write in their own answers, usually only 1 or 2 words or a number. Ex. My name is_______ . (picture attached) I also bought A5 size plastic sleeves from DAISO so that when folded in half the passports can be kept safe.

I also have a box at the bottom with 15 small squares where I stamp with my inkan each time the student finishes a sentence and can answer “what is your name?”, etc. The point is to fill in one or two each lesson throughout the year, while periodically reviewing them so that by the end of the year, it’s like a record of what they ‘learned’ in HiFriends 2. The teachers have really responded to this idea, and one teacher even makes the students ‘check-in’ to the English room before each class with their passport.

The kids also seem to like it so far, as long as it is viewed as an ‘activity’ and not ‘writing practice’. I figure anything to get them more familiar with seeing, writing and using English is a plus and while most students can easily complete each task, the students who need extra help are few enough to give individual attention to.

Take a look at an example of student passports here